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Saturday, October 11, 2008

I'd like to propose a toast

Photo by Ron Zimmerman.

To David Lett, whose skill with pinot noir and pinot gris led to many a wonderful glass of wine. God rest his soul.

Comments (9)

Great toast. Oregon wine would not be what it has become today without the pioneering spirit and incredible talent of David Lett.

Godspeed Papa Pinot.

Tae David!

Amen. A glass of (what passes for the finest) pinot will be raised in his honor tonight.

Salute! Thank you for bringing Oregon the good stuff.... Arrivederci il mio amico.

We were out in wine country Saturday, as we seem to be most weekends, and it is such a wonderful place to be. And it was the hard work and guts of pioneers like David who helped create it, and Eyrie's Pinot remains espcially true to its Burgundian roots. We love his wine.

A proud legacy to leave his son Jason, a great winemaker himself.

Lett's passing was reported in many Northern California papers with great praise for what he did in Oregon. The quotes came from California winemakers quoted in the story /stories.
Was he a member of LCDC? I thought he was a strong land use planning advocate...

Another toast for another sad passing in the wine trade -- Armand Martinotti. Funeral Monday morning at Holy Redeemer.

I thought he was a strong land use planning advocate...

While Oregon's wine country can use additional hotel and resort facilities, they don't belong on good vineyard land, like the one being proposed next to Doumain Drouhin. The Letts have been leaders in that land use issue.

While some farm land with its rocky soil may not be be good for some crops, that marginal land may be great for vineyards. A lesson not lost on Napa which could have been paved over to be a suburban bedroom community instead of what it is today. The same holds true for the Dundee Hills, Chehalem Mountains and other agricultural areas each with their own unique terroir that makes Oregon Pinot so great.

Oh, he's going to be missed, all right, for what he did for viniculture all over the planet. If not for him, New Zealand wouldn't have moved into pinot noir, either. If you can find some of the Aotearoan pinots, try them against the Oregon ones, and be very surprised, both at the quality and flavor and at the price. Between Oregon and NZ, it's almost not worth the effort to try French pinot noirs any more.

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